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Elastics Selector Gauge as Orthodontics Device Applied to Inter-Maxillary Traction during Malocclusion Correction

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Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morphological and Functional Imaging, Messina University, 98100 Messina ME, Italy
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Private practice, 95100 Catania CT, Italy
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Multidisciplinary Department of Medical-Surgical and Odontostomatological Specialties, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, 80121 Naples, Italy
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J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2019, 4(3), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/jfmk4030063
Received: 19 June 2019 / Revised: 14 August 2019 / Accepted: 19 August 2019 / Published: 26 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue TMJ Dysfunctions and Systemic Correlations)
Elastics are the simplest device that can be used during a class correction in orthodontics, and despite the simplicity of a latex band, they are very effective and powerful. The resultant inter-maxillary force affects not only the teeth, but even the mandibular position, and consequently the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). The purpose of our work is to simplify the use of elastics, and to reduce the amount of inventory for orthodontists, because there is a lot of merceology available on the market, and different ways of using the elastics. The use of elastics in clinical practice is based on the force extension values, which are given by the manufacturer for the different sizes of the elastics, generally when they are stretched to three times their lumen size. Various configurations allow for the correction of different malocclusions. We propose a new classification and a new device, the elastic selector gauge, in order to allow clinicians to quickly and easily choose the right elastic in all conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: elastics; inter-maxillary traction; class II correction; orthodontics; selector gauge elastics; inter-maxillary traction; class II correction; orthodontics; selector gauge
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Sambataro, S.; Bocchieri, S.; Bafumi, L.; Fiorillo, L.; Cervino, G.; Cicciù, M. Elastics Selector Gauge as Orthodontics Device Applied to Inter-Maxillary Traction during Malocclusion Correction. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2019, 4, 63.

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